MAKING PTMS IS REALLY COOL. I have an unfortunate habit of writing blog posts that entertain me, and then someone has to come up afterward and very gently say, “Sarah, you’re frightening people.” So let me discuss the great and wonderful world of PTMing. This image technology is incredibly useful. It allows us to create […]Read More I should clarify
I took a look at hunter blatherer today and realized that Sarah Butler is monopolizing it. To stop her from her evil plot to look more responsible and interesting than the rest of us, I have decided to post. So not all archaeologists go out into the field in China and Greece and Turkey and […]Read More Tried to come up with a tablet pun. Failed.
China has been blocking my internet for awhile now… It’s been quite obnoxious, all this censorship. Where driving drunk is just now being addressed, and where you can basically do whatever you want in public, they will still block your right to blog about your experiences! I spend every single day here wearing BDUs, boots, […]Read More Updates!
If you’ve seen the “dome” we use in USC’s Archaeology Research Center when making the movable light images, you know something about John Melzian – he designed it. If you’ve seen the “tarantula” you know something about John too — he transformed it. And if you’ve heard of the adventures of the West Semitic Research Project […]Read More A significant loss
I’ve been in the field now for a week… We start pretty late for an excavation. We get to the site at 7, work until 11:30, break until 3:30 or 4 depending on the heat, and then come back until 7. I have a 5x5m quadrant of a larger 10×10 square. I have a partner […]Read More Home is where the hearth is
Most people think of archaeology as a rough-and-tumble, National Geographic discipline of men and women spending time in tents or in crappy locations in the middle of nowhere without running water and digging until extreme conditions. While that may be true in some places (indeed, a lot of excavations), our place is a palace in […]Read More On routine.